Ken Cockburn is a poet and translator based in Edinburgh. He often collaborates with visual artists on book, exhibition and public art projects. Recent works include Ness with sculptor Mary Bourne, for the redeveloped Inverness riverside; and Veined with Shadow-branches, an exploration of the Ettrick Valley with painter Andrew Mackenzie. With Alec Finlay he undertook The Road North, a journey around Scotland guided by the 17th-century Japanese poet Basho, which led to an extensive blog, an exhibition, and a jointly-composed long poem published in book form. His translations from the German of Arne Rautenberg’s poems were collected as Snapdragon. He also runs Edinburgh Poetry Tours, guided walks in the city’s Old Town.
Photo: Arne Rautenberg